LISBON, Senegal — When the European Union imposed travel bans on some tourist sites in Spain and Portugal in April, many visitors to the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa were left wondering how to stay safe.
Lampini and other southern European countries are among the world’s most popular tourist destinations.
The European Union, however, has restricted the flow of foreign visitors, often based on the country’s “cultural tourism” policies.
Spain and Portugal have banned cultural tourism activities such as concerts and dance classes.
In Lampedus, the city’s tourism office banned cultural tourists from entering the main square, the Ponte Vecchio, or Lampedi’s main square.
“We have no control over our citizens, our government,” Lampedini mayor Vincenzo Maraglia said.
“We are all citizens, not only of Lampini.”
Lampedusa’s tourism director, Francesco Palatucci, said it is impossible to predict when the bans will end, but he warned that if tourists continue to travel the risk of terrorist attacks or terrorist activities will continue.
In Spain, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who has been trying to reduce crime in the country, has called for more flexibility to allow visitors to enter the city.
But Maraglieres reaction to the bans has drawn the ire of the European Commission, which has warned that “it is time to consider” whether to lift the restrictions.
Lampedus’s tourism minister, Antonio De Stefano, has been meeting with EU officials and EU Council President Donald Tusk, who will meet Monday.
“I believe that we need to be flexible in these matters,” Maraglies chief of staff, Antonio Valli, said.
“The idea of a cultural tourism is not so bad.
But it needs to be thought about.”
In the meantime, tourists will be forced to keep their distance from some of the most dangerous parts of Lampsusa.
The area of the Pons de la Frontera is a hotbed of terrorism and human trafficking, including human trafficking from Libya and the United Arab Emirates.
The area also has a long history of violence, particularly between rival gangs.
Last year, a grenade was thrown into a crowded area of Liguria, a tourist town that had a small population of foreigners and was frequented by expatriates from Spain and Italy.
That attack came just a few months after the killing of a 12-year-old girl in a similar area of Fronteras, a city in the same region.
Last week, the area was a popular spot for rock concerts.
Tourists in the area said that when they walked past the area of rock concerts, people yelled at them to be quiet.
Tourism officials said the area is very popular with the tourists, and that the crowds were being kept small and orderly.
But the area remains a hot spot for crime and drug trafficking.
Lampsusa is not the only area in the region that has seen increased violence.
The town of La Cunha, just outside the town of Lisbon, has seen violent clashes between rival groups of people.
There has been a spate of recent killings in the city of Cunhos, where police have arrested more than 50 people since December.
The region has also seen a rise in drug trafficking, especially from Africa, according to local police officials.
In Lampedas case, the gangs have turned to drugs from neighboring Libya and Sudan.
The violence in the regions’ tourist areas has been accompanied by an increase in the number of reported kidnappings and other abductions.
Tourist organizations have reported that the number and type of victims has increased, including of women, children and the elderly.
Touristic groups have also reported a surge in the numbers of sexual assaults.
Last month, police arrested two women who were accused of sexually assaulting a group of tourists in the town.
They were accused by other women of sexually abusing them.
In the town, many of the local tourists said they did not believe the police investigation.
“They [the police] never said anything about it, and I thought they were protecting us,” said a local tourist.
“In our village there is a big police presence, but we never hear anything from them,” said another tourist.
Many in the tourist areas said that there was no evidence of any organized crime.
The local police said that their main task was to keep tourists safe.
But many in the tourism areas, including Maragliano, fear that this is just a cover for corruption.